Yeah, basically what I was saying is that the last spot is open depending on how I feel on the day. The point is that bodyline did happen and it has pushed him to being around ATG level, but whether he deserves a spot in a world XI is way more debatable than some care to believe.
Some days I'll lean towards a more consistently-strong bowler, but on others I'd go for a more enigmatic bowler.
I wasn't saying he isn't ATGXI level, just that I do see where you're coming from.
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Disclaimer: I am a biased South African. Anything I say is likely to have something in it that ultimately favours the Proteas.
One series and a good f/c career cannot make some one the greatest ever and counter an other wise ordinary test career.
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
1. Adam Gilchrist - 2. Sachin Tendulkar - 3. Brian Lara - 4. Viv Richards - 5. Michael Bevan - 6. AB De Villiers - 7. Kapil Dev - 8. Shaun Pollock - 9. Joel Garner - 10. Muttiah Muralitharan - 11. Glenn McGrath
Bradman's team was:
I couldn't understand two things about this team:
Tallon never (really) batted at 6, he wasn't a top 6 batsman.
Considering there is Lindwall and Lillee to open the bowling, plus two spinners, why play Bedser? Would be better to play Imran (or Miller) instead to strengthen both the batting and the bowling.
Thought Bradman's XI would look better like this:
Imran (or Miller, or even Botham or Kapil)
Hutton - Gavaskar - Bradman - Lara - Richards - Sobers - Gilchrist - Hadlee - Akram - Warne - Lillee
Yeah it would look better/safer but I'm pretty certain that Bradman figured that the team only needed 5 batsman because the batsman (in particular the number 3) was so awesome.
Don, then figured 5 genuine bowlers would be an awesome advantage to have over other teams.
Also put it this way - Including only performances before 2000 (not sure exact year he named his side) and not including players from his team, can you name an XI that would defeat Bradman's?
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Changing the topic - where does CW rate Clem Hill (and other early 20th Century players)?
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